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L + J Blog

quilt, create, inspire

Thank You Julie for Being Awesome!



I recently received a series of emails from several friends and family... telling me to check out the newest post on the Moda Bake Shop that uses Hideaway...

Julie Sebire (of "Narioka" Australia) was the creator of her beautiful Cabins in the Hills quilt tutorial/recipe... which seriously blew me away!


For those of you who don't know about the Moda Bake Shop, I'll give you a brief rundown... Its basically a blog that has weekly submissions from sewers/crafters/quilters all over the world who have created a quilt or some other kind of sewing project using any of Moda's "precuts" (e.g. JELLY ROLLS: 2 ½ ” x 45” strips of fabric, LAYER CAKES: 10” x 10” squares of fabric, HONEY BUNS: 1 ½ ” x 45” strips of fabric... etc.).

The whole idea is really pretty cool because each of their precuts are named after some kind of baked good... an idea that is then extended into the rest of their naming conventions: each submission/set of instructions is known as a "recipe", the designers are referred to as "chefs", and the web page that features their array of precuts is known as the "bakery".


Anyway, back to Julie and why I think her entry is so completely spectacular...

I've found that fabric is very much like any other artistic medium... you can give ten different people some clay and a wheel... and the pottery that results will be so unexpected... and so unique to each particular creator, that you never really know what you're going to get.

Ten different quilters/sewers/crafters can all use the same line of fabric in their projects... yet, they'll still manage to come up with a wildly diverse set of creations... creations that always seem to amaze me because of the way that same grouping of prints can evolve... and become transformed from designer to designer...


For example... we created mainly appliqué patterns to show off this line because the prints are rather small and intricate... and they do especially well in that type of application. But when you view those same prints in a very traditional style, such as this... they really take on an entirely different look and feel. The colors interact with each other in strange ways... which, to me, has sort of a kaleidoscope-y feel (if that makes any sense at all)... Ha.

And so... all that's to say, you should check out her entry on the Moda Bake Shop here. As well as her blog, Narioka, here, which has some really fun ideas. Plus, she has quite the eye, when it comes to photography! When I saw her pictures up on the Bake Shop I emailed her right away about using them on our blog! I LOVE it when people go picture-crazy after finishing up a project. Whenever I finish something up, I'll wind up with photos of it in the grass, in the trees, propped on old cars... hanging out windows... Sometimes I'll take it with me to work and explore the various photo ops there as well. The whole process will usually take hours, but it's just so darn fun to flip through the pictures later!

Which reminds me, if any of you have a fun set of photos that features a project that you've made with some of our fabric, shoot me an email! I'd love to show them off for you!